Back in the summer of 1987, my mom drove me to my first GT Bicycles show in Toledo Ohio where I expected to see two of my favorite pros in Martin Aparijio and Josh White. But when I walked into the building, I was bummed to find out Josh had been injured and had to be replaced on the tour. I'll admit, at the time, I was kind of bummed...... In his place was a guy people new relatively nothing about.
Enter Dave Voelker, a 19 year old ramp rider from Santee CA. He was riding a Dyno decked out in the newest parts wearing a typical BMX factory uniform with a full face helmet and long blonde hair flowing out the back...... The crowd didn't know his name when the show started, yet it was clear right away he belonged on the team.
Like Josh, he rode a ton of flatland and blasted the quarter pipe giving the crowd something to scream about each time he hit the ramp.
In addition to his amazing riding, he often gestured to the crowd and even mingled with several riders in the audience which made them root for him that much more!
By the end of the show, I left knowing exactly who Dave Voelker was. I was not only impressed by what I saw, but even more stoked on GT!
That was Dave's first summer tour of many to come and he quickly went from just another guy on the team to a focal point and featured rider in GT's ads and shows.
Dave's career blew up when street riding came into the mix as he became the favorite to win any street comp he entered.
He went big on the ramps, and added a technical flatland side few had seen at that time.
Dave went on to become one of the biggest names in the history of GT Bicycles and the history of BMX.
A few days ago we sat down with the man himself at Rob Nolli's BMX Trickstars headquarters in Orlando FL and talked about his humble beginnings, his sponsorship with GT, entering the X Games in his own hometown, his signature GT bike, some of his favorite summer tour stories, what it's like watching his son Kole ride, and his induction into the BMX hall of fame.
So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know a true BMX legend.... the LORD, Dave Voelker!
To learn more about Dave Voelker visit: davevoelker.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @davevoelker To learn more about Chip Riggs visit: chipriggs.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @chipriggs To learn more about Kip Williamson visit: masterblasterplanet.com and/or follow him on Instagram: @kipbmx To learn more about the Space Brothers Podcast visit: spacebrotherspodcast.com